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Essay/Quantum Theory

Quantum common sense

Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition

Philip Ball

Video/Cosmology

The Sun – our steady, reliable companion – tells a very different story up close

4 minutes

Idea/Physics

The idea of creating a new universe in the lab is no joke

Zeeya Merali

Video/Physics

The mathematics of music means piano strings can never be in perfect harmony

4 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

fAIth

The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

Beth Singler

Idea/Biology

Bad mothers and why they make a difference to cheetah survival

Anne Hilborn

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Thea Bechshoft

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

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Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

10 minutes

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

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Essay/History of Science

The cosmology of Poe

Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'

Paul Halpern

Idea/Astronomy

Dwarf planetary systems will transform the hunt for alien life

Amaury Triaud & Michaël Gillon

Video/Earth Science

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together

8 minutes

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Idea/Automation & Robotics

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities

Ahmed Alkhateeb

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

The eerie otherworldliness of slow undersea life sped up to a human pace

5 minutes

Idea/Personality

Pigs, parrots and people: the problem of animal personality

Antone Martinho

Video/Biology

Everything you always wanted to know about sex in space

4 minutes

Video/Evolution

Slime trails and ‘love darts’ – on the strange, slow skirmishes of snail sex

4 minutes

Video/Cosmology

A journey from the Himalayas to the edge of our cosmic horizon in space and time

7 minutes

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Essay/Cosmology

Echoes of a black hole

Ripples in space-time could herald the demise of general relativity and its replacement by a quantum theory of gravity

Sabine Hossenfelder

Idea/History of Science

How many great minds does it take to invent a telescope?

Thony Christie

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Bring back the mammoth to fight global warming? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

26 minutes

Idea/History of Science

Science funding is a gamble so let’s give out money by lottery

Shahar Avin

Essay/Physics

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground

Adam Frank

Video/Evolution

What the spitting archerfish might tell us about small-brain intelligence

4 minutes

Video/Mathematics

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

5 minutes

Video/Human Evolution

Why do fear, cold and sublime feelings all provoke the same response in our skin?

3 minutes

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Idea/Cosmology

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

Michael Strauss